I saw The Ancient Gaming Noob‘s little write up on Northrend and it answered one of the questions that was nagging me.
Will my gear become obsolete when I get Wrath of the Lich King?
The equipment upgrades were, as expected, significant for non-raiders like ourselves. Blue socketed Outlands gear was quickly replaced by green quest rewards.
So the answer, for me, is “yes”.
That’s not entirely a bad thing for me because most of my gear is unsocketed or green (laugh all you want, but I can still kick ass and have defeated folks geared up in Arena purples). It means I don’t have to farm any reputation or instances to get some upgrades in TBC, I can hop right into WotLK content and start advancing.
I do realize that I could end up level 80 pretty quickly and I will then start having to grind things, but for now, the random drop stuff will be good enough.
Maybe during the week off I’ll find a guild to join and advance Smaken from there in the off playing times…